And the Oscar Goes to . . ..

Straight Guy,

In honor of the Academy Awards (unofficial gay holiday), Metro Weekly, a Washington pub, updated their "25 Gay Films Everyone Should See." Call it, "The Sequel." The list is up to 50 films. I've seen half. Some of them I've never heard of.

I didn't get around to seeing The Kids Are All Right, nominated for best film tonight, but that's why there's Netflix.

--Gay Guy


Straight in Upstate said...

Don't know why, but I enjoy the Oscars even though I see few of the nominated movies. Thought the co-hosts did a great job - less inane patter and stupid bits than previous years - but that's just me. This may be a gay/straight divide, or not: I won't ever see most of the nominated "best pictures" because they're cinema, not movies. I'm not up for exploring raw, shattered emotions; descents into insanity; or grappling with life and death struggles. I have family for that.

Jen said...

The Kids Are Alright is one of the movies I really want to see. I always enjoy the Oscars even when I haven't seen most of the movies. Call it the Cinderella syndrome. I just want to dress up like a princess.

Gay Guy said...


I used to be a huge film snob. I can admit that now . . . after many years of denying it. If it wasn't death and angst in Russia, complete with white subtitles over images of snow, who needed it?

For most of the world, I probably am still a film snob, but I've lightened up. Bring on Toy Story 3.

But of late I find that I don't have a lot of energy for subtitles, movies with suicides or child abuse, or pirouetting nervous breakdowns. Like you say, I get enough anxiety attack fodder at work and home.

I did really like King's Speech -- a good story, well told, plus it's an underdog who overcomes adversity story. I'm a sucker for those. I was rooting for Social Network to win best film b/c I was surprised at how suspenseful it was, even though I knew the basic story line.

More seriously, I really liked King's Speech and Social Network because they are movies about friendships, especially friendships between men. The friendship in Social Network doesn't end well, I know, but still a good story.

Seems like movies and plays are usually about a love interest. If there is a friendship story, it's the secondary one.

straight in upstate said...

I think you'll be surprised by Toy 3 - it's about love, loyalty, friendship, painful but necessary separations that come with maturity, struggle with gender identity (I'm looking at you, Ken), and it even has subtitles.

I don't hate all cinema- if your fair city has a Jim Jarmusch or John Sayles festival, I'm all in.